Guide to Exercise after a Mummy Makeover

When to Exercise after a Mummy Makeover Surgery

Mummy Makeover is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgeries that can help give you a slimmer and sculpted figure after childbirth. It can involve a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures that target your face, breasts, tummy, skin, and overall body contour.

Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Scott Turner uses a combo of skin tightening, fat removal and surgical lifting techniques to transform your body to help make you feel confident and beautiful.

So, when is a good time to get back to exercise after Mummy Makeover? Let’s discuss the timeline!

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If you are considering surgery, it is important to understand that your body will go through a lot to look stunning afterwards. As Mummy Makeover involves multiple procedures that are done on various parts of your body, your recovery period will be a bit longer.

You will need to follow all the post-surgery instructions before you can go back to your daily routine. Most people are eager to jump into exercising straight after the surgery. However, it is not a great idea and the consequences can affect the results of surgery.

In this article, we’ll discuss what the Mummy Makeover involves, some post-surgery tips, as well as the right way to get back to your exercise routine.

Mummy Makeover Surgery

Aging, pregnancy and childbirth affect a women’s body in many ways. While diet and exercise play a significant role in how you will look after childbirth, eventually the effects of aging and childbirth start to show. That is where Mummy Makeover surgery comes to the rescue. The surgery is highly customisable and might look a little different for every client

. A typical Mummy Makeover can involve breast augmentation, reduction or breast lift, tummy tuck, liposuction, and non-surgical facial treatments such as fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and laser. The great thing is that you can get all the procedures done at the same time and look transformed from head to toe.

Preparing for Recovery after Mummy Makeover

First things first, not all patients opt for the same treatments. Hence, the recovery for each patient might look a little different. Generally speaking, the recovery period is between four to six weeks.

During your initial consultations, Dr Turner will tell you what to expect when it comes to the recovery timeline. The basics involve preparing in advance a room to rest post-op, stocking up on groceries and other necessities, and arranging for someone to help you around the house. We will get into the tips and tricks later.

Exercise Timeline for Mummy Makeover Surgery

Most women are eager to get back to their exercise routine because they wish to maintain the results and feel better about themselves. However, keep in mind that rest is a critical part of healing post-surgery. It is important to be patient, listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard. Here is a general exercise timeline for you.


1 Week after Mummy Makeover Surgery

You might feel a certain level of soreness. You might also experience discomfort and stiffness. Keep on taking your medication on time. During the first week, all you will want to do is rest. But aim at walking ten to fifteen minutes every couple of hours, every day. You might need someone to support you while walking. This step will kick start the healing process, promote blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots.

3 – 4 Weeks after Mummy Makeover Surgery

You can increase the duration of your walks as well as engage yourself in house chores. Avoid lifting heavy weights, stretching or doing high-impact workouts. Your body is still recovering and you shouldn’t do anything that puts an excessive strain on your body.

6 – 8 Weeks after Mummy Makeover Surgery

You can start doing all kinds of exercises including aerobics, yoga, strength training and weight training if approved by Dr Turner. Some patients might need a bit more time to recover. Don’t push yourself too hard. Listen to your body and start slow. You can always build up the intensity as you go.

Recovery Tips After Mummy Makeover Surgery

Here are a few tips that you need to follow post-surgery:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery. It is crucial, do not skip this step because you will not able to drive yourself home.
  • Take two to three weeks off from work so you can rest comfortably in your own home.
  • Make sure you arrange for someone to help you around the house. You can either ask a family member, a friend or hire house help.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than five pounds. It can put pressure on your stitches which is never a great idea.
  • Take all your prescribed medication on time. Do not skip them under any circumstances.
  • Follow up visits are as important as the surgery itself. It allows the surgeon to look out for any early signs of infections, and make sure that everything is working fine.
  • Sleep in a recliner for at least the first two to three weeks. You can also sleep on your back in a bed. Keep a few pillows under your head and shoulders.
  • Do not smoke or drink for at least six weeks after the surgery.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in proteins, complex carbs, fruit and vegetables. Aim at eating high fibre and low sodium meals.
  • Drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated at all times.
  • Follow all the instructions given by Dr Turner when it comes to exercising and do not rush into it.
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry at all times and change the bandages as instructed.
  • Do not take baths, dive in swimming pools or go to saunas for at least the first four weeks after surgery. These activities can lead to infections.

Exercise Recommendations after Mummy Makeover

Here are a few exercises that will help you maintain the results of the surgery and keep your body in good shape:

1. The Plank

It is an all-rounder exercise that tones and tightens your entire body. The best part is that you can do it anywhere and you don’t need any equipment. The right form is very important when it comes to getting the maximum results out of the plank. Get in a push-up position and place your hands underneath your shoulders, keep your back straight and hold this position. There are multiple variations of the plank. Start with the simple one and built upon advanced forms.

2. Push-Ups

Again, an amazing workout that tones up your chest muscles as well as your entire body. You can do it anywhere. There are numerous varieties of pushups; incline, decline, wide arm, flat and walking. You can simply start with 10 pushups and gradually increase the number. Make sure you get a confirmation from your surgeon before trying pushups or wait until you are completely healed.

3. Crunches

Crunches will make your abs pop beautifully, now that you have gotten rid of all that excess skin. You can do a basic crunch routine. Do them in a controlled and slow manner for maximum impact. Use a good-quality yoga mat to add comfort. Look at the ceiling and avoid tucking your chin into the chest. Keep your hands behind your head and avoid pulling on the neck.

4. Lower Body Workouts

You can choose from a variety of lower body exercises such as lunges, squats, walking and more. They will be easy to do post-surgery and will make your entire body look flawless by targeting the largest muscle group in your body.


FAQ about Exercising and Mummy Makeover Surgery:

How soon can I work out after the Mummy Makeover?

  • You can return to your exercise routine six to eight weeks after the Mummy Makeover surgery. You can begin light walking a few days after the surgery. Use some support to walk if you feel dizzy or weak.

How do I maintain the results of the Mummy Makeover?

  • The results of Mummy Makeover surgery are long lasting. To sustain the results, eat a healthy diet, do strength training exercises, and aim at building muscle mass.

How much can I walk after Mummy Makeover surgery?

  • You can start walking immediately after the surgery for about 10 to 15 minutes every couple of hours. You can gradually increase the duration of a walk after a week or two and build it up to one hour by week four.

How should I sleep after Mummy Makeover surgery?

  • Avoid sleeping on your side or your stomach for the first four weeks after the surgery. Sleep on your back and prop a few pillows underneath your head and shoulders to keep your body in an elevated position.

How long after Mummy Makeover surgery can I see results?

  • You can see the results of your Mummy Makeover surgery in about three months after the surgery. The results will continue to improve over time as the swelling subsides completely.

When can I start stretching after Mummy Makeover surgery?

  • It is best to wait for six to eight weeks or until your surgeon gives you a go before you start stretching. Do not hurry as it can put pressure on your muscles.

When can I lift my arms above my head after Mummy Makeover surgery?

  • You can raise your arms above your head two to three weeks after the Mummy Makeover surgery.

When can I play sports after a Mummy Makeover surgery?

  • It is best to avoid playing any sports for a period of 8 to 12 weeks after the surgery. Any time before that does more harm than good. Hence, it is better to be patient.

Can I have breast augmentation along with the breast lift as a part of the Mummy Makeover?

  • Most Mummy Makeovers include a breast lift. If you want more volume, you can ask for a breast lift with implants.

How long will my incisions take to heal?

  • Your incisions can take up to three weeks to heal post Mummy Makeover surgery.

How long will the swelling last after a Mummy Makeover?

  • Swelling after Mummy Makeover surgery can last for quite some time as it is a complex procedure. Most of the swelling will subside in less than three months and you will be able to see the results of the surgery.

What happens if I don’t wear a compression garment post Mummy Makeover?

  • For the first few weeks post Mummy Makeover surgery, you have to wear a compression garment at all times. It helps to minimize swelling, prevent fluid buildup as well as minimize the risk of infections. If you don’t wear a compression garment, swelling might take longer to subside.

How soon after childbirth can I get a Mummy Makeover?

  • It is wise to wait for about six months to one year after you stopped breastfeeding before getting the surgery. Ideally, you should be at or close to your pre-pregnancy weight.

Further Reading about Mummy Makeover Surgery:

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


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